RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- Imagine vividly a situation where you have acted badly, one about which you
feel guilty, and about which you wince even to think of it.
Then, as you breathe in, accept total responsibility for your actions in
that particular situation, without in any way trying to justify your
behavior. Acknowledge exactly what you have done wrong, and wholeheartedly
ask for forgiveness. Now, as you breathe out, send out reconciliation,
forgiveness, healing, and understanding.
So you breathe in blame, and breathe out the undoing of harm; you breathe in
responsibility, breathe out healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
This exercise is particularly powerful and may give you the courage to go to
see the person whom you have wronged, and the strength and willingness to
talk to him or her directly and actually ask for forgiveness from the depths
of your heart.
What really matters is not just the practice of sitting but far more the
state of mind you find yourself in after meditation. It is this calm and
centered state of mind you should prolong through everything you do. I like
the Zen story in which the disciple asked his master:
�Master, how do you put enlightenment into action? How do you practice it in
�By eating and by sleeping,� replied the master.
�But Master, everybody sleeps and everybody eats.�
�But not everybody eats when they eat, and not everybody sleeps when they
From this comes the famous Zen saying, �When I eat, I eat; when I sleep, I
To eat when you eat and sleep when you sleep means to be completely present
in all your actions, with none of the distractions of ego to stop you from
being there. This is integration.
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If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness,
All fear disappears and complete happiness comes.
All enemies: all the tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents (of our emotions);
And all the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors,
All of these are bound by the mastery of your mind,
And by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued,
Because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows.